Typhoon Jebi: Japan hit by strongest storm for 25 years

04 September, 2018, 14:55 | Author: Edward Snyder
  • Japan braces for possible strongest typhoon in 25 years - Xinhua | English.news.cn

The airport's runway and the basement floor of a terminal building have been flooded, according to airport officials.

It made landfall around midday in southwestern Japan near areas still recovering from deadly record rain earlier this summer and was moving fast on a northeast track, reaching the city of Kobe by early afternoon.

The bridge that links the island airport with the mainland was hit by a storm-driven tanker ship Tuesday, shearing off one chunk and dislodging a section of roadway from the rest of the bridge.

Jebi was expected to make the landfall on the Shikoku island or the Kii peninsula around noon as per an Efe report.

The JMA said that Jebi was traveling in north-northwest trajectory in the Pacific Ocean south of Japan's main island of Honshu at a speed of 20 kilometers per hour as of 3 p.m.

The meteorological agency urged residents in western and eastern Japan to prepare for high seas, landslides and floods.

Wind gusts of up to 103mph were recorded in one part of Shikoku, with forecasts for gusts as high as 135mph.

"Our house is right at the base of a mountain, so it's a little unsafe and we chose to leave", one woman told NHK.

Television footage showed waves pounding the coastline amid warnings of high tides later in the day.

The Tokai region could be pounded by up to 500 millimeters of rain over the 24-hour period through 6 a.m. on September 5, while expected maximum rainfall over the same period is 400 mm for the Kinki and Kanto-Koshin regions, 300 mm for the Shikoku region and 250 mm for the Hokuriku region, the JMA said.

In Osaka Bay it swept a tanker into a bridge and in Kyoto parts of the train station roof came down.

More than 700 flights have been canceled, according to Japanese media tallies. In the city of Osaka, the Universal Studios Japan theme park and US consulate both were closed.

Some 177,000 customers across western Japan lost power, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said.

Toyota Motor Corp. halted operations at most of its group plants, with its unit Daihatsu set to make a decision on production later today.

The capital, Tokyo, will be far from the center of the storm but was set for heavy rains and high winds by the end of Tuesday.



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